Sunday, March 8, 2015

Rouge Bunny Rouge Matte Eye Shadows in Papyrus Canary, Bashful Flamingo and Sweet Dust Seriema

Happy news, for those of us based in the US.  In addition to the few other mainly web-based retailers (Beautyhabit being my favorite for so many things), Rouge Bunny Rouge's own website (here) is now a formidable contender for best place to order from.  They used to ship from Europe, so the shipping costs were very expensive.  They seem to have a new distribution area in the US now which means much more reasonable shipping.  More reasonable equates to free for orders above $25 and $4.95 for orders below that minimum.  I like free.

In one of their marketing emails to which I am subscribed, they announced that their matte eye shadows are now available as refills!  It had boggled my mind why (maybe inventory surplus?) why not all of their shadows were available as refills.  And with the announcement I placed the order (noticed the shipping as well and maybe I picked up one of their new sheer lipstick formula colors).

The order arrived in less than a week and I was also agog that the box was FULL OF BUBBLE WRAP.  LIKE FULL.  Every single little item (including a gift with purchase box of porcelain novelties) were wrapped in bubble wrap.  The samples which they included of fragrances were also wrapped in bubble wrap... individually.  I am going to be recycling that bubble wrap into my outgoing boxes for a long time to come.

Here is what I purchased.  (I apologize for the unevenness of the lighting here.  The clouds kept on playing peek-a-boo with the sun the whole time).

I guess it is a good a time as ever to admit that Sweet Dust Seriema is a re-purchase of a purge.  I gave it away to a very cool-toned friend because have to say that SDS as a main lid color makes me look like I'm suffering from the flu.  I plan on varying the color placement a bit more, such as a subtle crease shade.  Maybe absence makes the heart grow fonder or the brain go softer?
The other two shades are Bashful Flamingo and Papyrus Canary.  Both are very pale toned shades.  I have need in my (giant) stash for a pale blending shade.

The refills, which are magnetized, which I put into my free-form Z Palette, come in small cardboard envelopes.  The top one with the white botanical print is the order design as Papyrus Canary was an existing refill shade.  The newer one is an all-black envelope with the shinier imprint of the botanical design.
Each outer envelop holds a bi-fold card into which the actual eyeshadow pan is tucked in.  It keeps the pan very well protected.  (Or is it the nine pounds of bubble wrap?  Not sure).
The three new shades join the other three I already own in my RBR matte eye shadow collection.  Clockwise from the lower left: Papyrus Canary, Bashful Flamingo, Sweet Dust Seriema, Go Grey Away Lourie, Chestnut-napped Apalis, Blackpepper Jay.  It seems Go Grey Away Lourie no longer appears on the RBR website and not sure if it is no longer available. 

It makes me a little twitchy that I own the larger depotted pans of the singles for some shades and the smaller refill pans of the other shades.
I have swatches on my skin of these shades.  I am between NC15-20 on my arm, or so.
  • Papyrus Canary -- is a yellow-toned "skin" shade (as far as for someone of my skin tone goes).  I think in particular this shade would make THE blending shade for me.  Shades like this, boring as they are tend be be very versatile as well because they can also add as a base shade to smooth and even out the coloration on the lids, in addition to blending.
  • Bashful Flamingo -- pale neutral pink toned color.  On my arm, I see the differences are quite subtle.  Actually wonder if it is a closer match to my skin tone.
  • Sweet Dust Seriema -- Ah we meet again, shade.  It is a cool mauve taupe with a slight hit of a grey and cool brown.  Perfect My Influenza Face But Better Shade.  I will report back on how this shade works out.
  • Chestnut Napped Apalis -- is what I often use for my default blending shade.  As you can see, it is several ticks darker than my skin and makes a nice crease shade actually.  It is a warm yellow brown shade.
  • Go Grey Away Lourie -- is a well balanced grey.  It doesn't turn blue on my skin which is what many greys alchemical trick.  I hope it isn't discontinued.  
  • Blackpepper Jay -- is the darkest matte shade of the RBR lot.  It is a cool dark grey.   

Very subtle pale shades of Bashful Flamingo (top) and Papyrus Canary (bottom)
One more shot of some of the smoothest, most beautifully textured matte eye shadows that I own.
I was wobbling about perhaps getting some other ready-made matte eye shadow palettes, but I think I see I have the perfect set already.  Heart full, arm full of beautiful matte shadows, am happy.

What are some of your very favorite brands for matte eye shadows?  Have you tried the ones for Rouge Bunny Rouge?

21 comments :

  1. I've been eyeing a couple of these forever! So glad the refills are back in stock. I most probably will end up with a couple of them soon :) I actually quite like Bobbi Brown matte eyeshadows. I flat out dislike most shimmery/glitter products from the brand. They just never work out quite right! For matte eyeshadows however, I'm really happy with the quality.

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    1. :D I been just waiting for these refills to be made available! Yippee!! I think I've gone through completely at least one Navajo from BB in my lifetime. The BB singles were very good. For some reason, the seasonal LE palettes and some of the glitter formula really didn't impress me either!

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  2. The knowledge that the shipping is so inexpensive now is very, very bad for me - together with the fact that the mattes are now available as refills. Hahah, I had no idea you had so much trouble with Sweet Dust Seriema; I love it on my complexion, but probably something like Papyrus Canary would make me look jaundiced ;D

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    1. Hahaha! Seriously made me look ill. Now that it is in my hands again, I can try to recreate this sickly look and post it on the blog (or use a more useable placement). I'm 100% sure Papyrus Canary will be great on me, but I can see with your fair cooler skin, it would be very troublesome for you. But you know, sometimes the JAUNDICE makes a fashion statement. :D Just like Zombie Influenza Death Face.

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  3. SDS does make a wonderful crease shade- I use it as such quite frequently. Thus far, I only have that and Bashful Flamingo, but I feel like I should get some of the others just because I'd likely use them all the time. (I've already made a significant dent in BF, actually.) Like you, I'm hoping the grey shade isn't discontinued. I noticed that it wasn't on the site any more.

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    1. Now I am excited to start using SDS. It is such a beautiful cool shade and I keep on getting drawn to these (as you can see... ahem, for the second time). I love the sweet looks of Bashful Flamingo. I dunno! I just love all of these so much!

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  4. RBR eyeshadows are absolute stand-outs; such awesome pigmentation, texture and feel, I can only agree in praising them!

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    1. So glad to hear that you agree! I think these are some of the nicest, the very nicest matte shadows I've ever tried.

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  5. Eating a big tub of jello! I have yet to try RBR mattes, will need to rectify that the next time I break down and order from them!

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    1. Yum, what flavor Jello? I have a soft spot for orange Jello.

      Have you tried other things from the brand? So many great things, but these matte ones are really awesome pants.

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  6. I was just looking at these the other day... then I closed the browser because really, who needs more eye shadows? But after looking at your swatches, there are at least 2 that I absolutely need in my stash. Oops!

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    1. No one (especially a few Beauty Bloggers we know... wink) needs more neutral eye shadows. But oddly enough, most people need a few RBR matte eye shadows!

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  7. You're right, Belly! That is a beautiful matte palette right there. It looks quite interesting with purple and cool grey tinged shades in between.
    I don't think I have any "good quality" matte eyeshadow. Maybe in a super dark shade, but not in delicate shades like yours. I will look into RBR base upon your recommendations here. ;)

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    1. I would totally buy a pre-made palette just like this one! The slightly purply Sweet Dust Seriema is really gorgeous. I'm anxious to start making it work for me and not look too terribly sickly. :)
      I hope you do try them and I can't wait to hear what you think, Lena!

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  8. chestnut napped apalis is calling my nameeeee.

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    1. YUP. It is tweeting and twittering around asking for your Visa card number.

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  9. US Distributor with free shipping? wowza.... I mean, RBR has been calling my name for some time now. How would you compare this with Surratt's shadow (texture-wise)? Maybe you can comment also on the shimmer shades because iirc Surratt's are more leaning toward lots of shimmery shades? Man, I can't choose JUST one brand, can I??

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    1. Hard to compare with Surratt since I only had the one Tyrian which is a shimmery shade. The manufacturing process of the Surratt makes them very soft and pliable in the pan (I think they use a soft liquid slurry rather than pressed). The RBR I think is pressed like most eye shadows. It is denser, very rich and generally very pigmented. The RBRs in generally are like a more refined version of some of the more popular pigmented brands like UD. RBR shadows are incredible actually. And these mattes in particular are amazing.

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  10. Yus to all the RBR mattes, especially Bashful Flamingo!

    Have you seen the new By Terry Designer palettes? *O* Ahem, *adjusts nose*...the garish clown in me is tempted by the brights in the Color Design palette even though the price makes me cry sad clown tears.

    -Josie

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    1. D: UGH, WHY YOU HAVE TO MENTION THOSE PALETTES! I'm just feeling happy they are not available in the US for me to wrangle and smoosh in person. I definitely don't need a big neutral palette. THOSE BRIGHTS look so great. Maybe it will be cheeeeep when it gets to the US?

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  11. Late to the party, but eeeee I am jealous of your complete set! I'm glad they're selling the pans-only now - I do not need more matte eyeshadows (or, you know, more eyeshadows), but I have been coveting a couple more of these forever. I use Blackpepper Jay all the time - it's a great not-quite-black soft liner shade. It needs friends!

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